It’s a TV spot brazen in hypocrisy or at least flip-floppery.Ã‚Â But Mayoral candidate Christina Shea and Council member Stephen Choi have put out a TV spot calling for the passage of Measure H which council-proofs Irvine’s ethics ordinance on no lobbying being done by council members while they hold office.
The kicker is how both think the anti-lobbying measure is a good start but they want more.Ã‚Â Quite a change of heart.
From the OC Register in 2006, when the ethics ordinance first debuted:
Krom proposed the ordinance a year ago. About $10,000 in legal fees and 100 hours of city staff time was needed to research and draft the 250-plus-page ordinance, which came before the council last month.
At that meeting, longtime council adversaries Agran and Shea led a nearly four-hour debate – Agran arguing for the ordinance, Shea against it.
Shea runs a government consulting firm, which likely would fall under the provisions of the ordinance’s lobbying provisions. No allegations have been made against Shea on her lobbying work.
But the key paragraph, which is directly at odds with the ad is here:
At 11:37 p.m. the final vote was taken and the ethics ordinance was passed with a 3-2 vote (Christina Shea and Steven Choi dissenting). That vote came after Shea and Choi’s substituted motion failed (with a 3-2 vote, Krom, Larry Agran and Sukhee Kang dissenting) – that would have adopted the ethics ordinance without the lobbying section.
Wait..the lobbying section that the TV add says is a good start?Ã‚Â Sounds like a flip flop to me.Ã‚Â This is the same meeting Choi uttered words of “when I’m mayor…” and then passed on a chance to oppose Beth Krom in 2006.
Shea no longer lists Christina Shea Consulting as having any political consulting ties, even if this site does, and this site and this site. And there’s more, but you get the idea.Ã‚Â Just Google the reference for Christina Shea Consulting and the return description you get reads: